Pundit claims Mourinho has ‘brainwashed’ the Spurs squad

December 28, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Jamie O’Hara claims Jose Mourinho has “brainwashed” the Spurs squad into thinking they have to play a certain way to get results after they drew 1-1 with Wolves.

Tottenham went in front through Tanguy Ndombele after just 57 seconds but then, just as they did at Crystal Palace a fortnight ago, retreated en masse and could not see the game out.

Incessant Wolves pressure was finally rewarded in the 86th minute as Romain Saiss headed home a thoroughly-deserved equaliser from a corner.

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The performance and result, which meant Spurs failed to make up ground at the top of the table, will ensure their approach comes under scrutiny as they threw away points from a winning position for the fourth time this season.

Victory would have taken Spurs third, four points off leaders Liverpool, but they showed no desire to add to their early goal.

“I think the 2009 team was a better team than Spurs have got now,” O’Hara said on talkSPORT.

“You are talking about Modric, Berbatov, Keane, Bale, Lennon. I think Spurs need an Aaron Lennon and that should be Lucas Moura and should be Steven Bergwijn.

“Aaron Lennon was someone who had blistering pace, could get beyond and when he got the ball he could make things happen.

“When I’m seeing Bergwijn and Moura get the ball, they’re not making things happen.”

O’Hara added: “At the end of the day, Spurs haven’t won a trophy and they’ve brought Mourinho in and changed the mentality of how they want to play and how they do things.

“If at the end of the season he has a trophy to show for it then it’s a huge success.

“He’s brainwashed the players into thinking ‘this is the way we are going to do things and we are going to get results playing this way’.

“It hasn’t quite worked out in the last couple of weeks and they’ve dropped away but they still have enough quality in the team to win games.”